Explore the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve

Puerto Peñasco , Sonora

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Very close to Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), you will experience a truly unique experience.
Your destination is the El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, a place so magical that the Tohono people, legendary inhabitants of the area, still conduct sacred ceremonies there. The desert paradise is so spectacular that, according to the O'odham people, it is the center of the creation of the universe.

DISCOVER THE UNIQUE BEAUTY OF THE RESERVE
Explore the Picos del Pinacate, a group of volcanic pines and ash cones with singular characteristics, and a dazzling display of colors exhibited by the rocky soil.

LEARN ABOUT THE LOCAL FLORA AND FAUNA
You’ll be left breathless when you happen upon the enormous sand and ash dunes, the largest in the Americas. Tour the sanctuary, which will surprise you with the beauty of the desert. It is home to hundreds of shrubs, small trees, and other plants that are home to a variety of animals, including protected species like the Gila monster.

EXPLORE VOLCANIC CRATERS
Be surprised by the incredible craters, immense wounds left in the earth thousands of years ago from powerful eruptions of groundwater mixed with volcanic lava.  Explore El Elegante, the largest of the volcanoes, which boasts a titanic 4,500 feet diameter, as well as its eight smaller, but no less important, brothers.

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